Spring in St. Louis
29, August 2016

This Is Your Life

Soon after I started volunteering as a gallery attendant at the Missouri History Museum this past January, I learned that the Museum was looking for former St. Louis broadcasters to help the moving images and sound lab catalog 75 years’ worth of audio recordings, film, and videotape that had been donated mostly by local radio and TV stations. After spending the majority of my television career here, I was happy to volunteer, especially to archive material from my longtime employer, KMOX/KMOV-TV. Read more »

25, August 2016

What We Wore on the Mother Road

Although Route 66—the historic highway that connected Los Angeles to Chicago—was officially decommissioned in 1985, it’s very much alive in the hearts of motorcyclists to this day. It’s now common to see jeans, T-shirts, leather vests, and jackets whizzing by on the old 2,400-mile-long road as travelers check off the ultimate box on their bucket lists. But what did past generations sport on the Mother Road? Read more »

23, August 2016

Hair Jewelry and Tear Catchers (Oh My!)

The ghosts of the Victorian era's obsession with mourning rituals appear in the material remains of history. Although women's dresses, like those featured in the Little Black Dress exhibit, offer a fascinating perspective on the gradual adoption of fashion trends into mourning wear, the more unfamiliar artifacts, such as hair jewelry and tear catchers, provide a closer look at Victorian mourning customs. Read more »

19, August 2016

66 Through St. Louis: Chain of Rocks Bridge

This is the first in a series of posts highlighting Route 66 stops of interest through St. Louis. We encourage you to learn more about their history and then check them out in person. Even better, snap some photos and share them with us on Twitter and Instagram by using #ShowMe66 and tagging @mohistorymuseum.

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17, August 2016

Artifact Lingo 101

You may have heard the terms preservation, conservation, and restoration used interchangeably in museums, antique shops, and even popular culture. These terms are often used to describe the acts of working with historic or artistic objects in order to keep them from deteriorating or make them look better (and sometimes both). Yet these three terms actually have distinct meanings. Read more »

13, August 2016

150th Staff Spotlights: Part 2

Over the past 150 years, the Missouri Historical Society (which operates the Missouri History Museum and the Museum's Library and Research Center) has been fortunate to count numerous passionate and dedicated people in its ranks. Here's your chance to meet a few of the folks who keep the Museum and the LRC up and running. Read more »

12, August 2016

150th Staff Spotlights: Part 1

Over the past 150 years, the Missouri Historical Society (which operates the Missouri History Museum and the Museum's Library and Research Center) has been fortunate to count numerous passionate and dedicated people in its ranks. Here's your chance to meet a few of the folks who keep the Museum and the LRC up and running. Read more »

11, August 2016

Miss Nettie's Notebooks and the MHS Story

The Missouri Historical Society officially turns 150 years old today. That’s a remarkable milestone to reach, and it begs the question “How does a museum thrive for 150 years?” It must have a solid collection and tell compelling stories, certainly, but it must also have a long line of dedicated staff who both preserve the past and push the institution forward. Few of us here now will leave the mark on the Society that a woman named Nettie Beauregard did. Read more »

10, August 2016

Missouri Historical Society: The Last 50 Years

The Missouri Historical Society celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2016. This is the second in a three-part series on the organization's history. You can read the first installment here and the second installment here. Read more »